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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 27, 2009 4:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Runs

I'd go w/"backwards music" as well...it's as apt a description I can think of for those kinds of stretches where jerry is playing so lightning fast and creatively ( I also call it "notes within notes") that he has almost nowhere else to go BUT backwards!

I think a nice example is this LET IT GROW (my all-time favorite) from Hampton--and what also happens to be one of the best sounding AUDS around:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-01.wise.clugston.2218.sbeok.shnf

p.s. keep listening into the blistering DEAL that follows...much of the same occurs, only grittier.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 27, 2009 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Jerry's Runs

What was about May? I gotta ask - May 1981 may have officially supplanted May 1977 as my favorite month (sacrilege!).

This show keeps going and going. I'm half way through the Franklin's and it just keeps getting better

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: May 27, 2009 9:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hampton Comes Alive!

5/1, what a show, definitely a hi-light among the many from the glorious year of '81 (even taking into account Brent's 'sound' ... which to be honest doesn't really bother me all that much, when taking all the rest into consideration); i won't say that Hampton had the best shows (hard to compare w/Avalon, the Fillmores, Winterland, etc.), but i think an argument can be made that that particular venue did generally bring out consistently grate performances by the band, and i don't think it was the water!

while both are fantastic recordings, i give the edge to the Wagner source:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-01.fob.wagner.motb-0074.92415.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 28, 2009 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hampton Comes Alive!

Both are terrific sources for a real underrated show. One thing I always appreciate here is when folks point out great shows that don't have an obvious pedigree like a break-out number, or an unusual set list, stc. Those shows get plenty of attention on their own, but Hampton 5/1/81 is a great example of a show that "looks" ordinary by set list but plays exceptionally.

May '81 surpassing May '77? Well, I can't quite get over that line, Fenario, but I do see your point. May '81 is one of those "throw a dart, hit a great show" month/years but ultimately for me there's just too much perfection in the '77 performances to cede the gold medal.

Plus, Jerry's just THAT much younger, his voice just that much better, his energy level just that much beyond what he was 4 years after '77 that I think it's almost unfair to expect quite the same level of excellence.